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According to the New York Times, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices  (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a set of recommendations for administering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to boys and men. These recommendations will have a wide impact, as both private health insurance companies and Medicaid usually follow suit and […]

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Today, the CDC published a rule that finalizes a set of criteria for evaluating whether vaccinations recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices should become automatic requirements for immigrants. Starting December 14, 2009, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will no longer be a required vaccination for immigrant women and girls. NAPAWF, NLIRH and […]

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to debate whether HPV vaccination of boys with Merck’s human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil will be cost-effective and a route worth exploring, reports NPR’s All Things Considered. The FDA approved Gardasil in 2006 as a method to prevent HPV strains 16 […]

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Dear Friends: Please sign the petition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking it to reverse the newly imposed Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination mandate for immigrant women and girls. To view and sign the petition, go to http://www.petitiononline.com/napawf/petition.html by COB Friday, February 13, 2009. In response to the high number of individuals […]

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Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Director of Policy and Advocacy at NLIRH, wrote this piece for RH Reality Check in response to the new requirements: This July, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new requirements, including five new vaccinations for individuals seeking adjustment of immigration status. One of these vaccinations is Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) […]

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The New York Times, in an article on August 20, 2008, questioned drug companies’ push of the HPV vaccine. The article looks at the extensive marketing campaign and lobbying efforts taken on by the makers of the HPV vaccine. The article states that indeed, “in many states where cervical cancer legislation has been considered, there […]

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This NYT article discusses people’s reactions to the HPV vaccine being made available for boys, which apparently might be approved as soon as 2009. Taking the angle of whether parents of boys would be willing to vaccinate their children to prevent the women with whom they will have sex from getting cervical cancer – the […]

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More evidence that HPV affects men

Yet another study has linked increases in men’s incidence of oral cancer to HPV.  As Dan Savage has noted in the past, I think that as we see more and more studies linking HPV to oral and throat cancers in men the debate around HPV, cancer and the prevention methods (like the newly approved HPV […]

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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new challenge aimed at developing mobile application technology to connect women of color to information and resources for preventing and treating certain cancers. The challenge, or competition, called “Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge”, encourages entrepreneurs, software developers, and others to […]

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Far too many Latinas suffer and die from cervical cancer—in fact, Latinas are diagnosed with this deadly disease at a rate 40% higher than their white counterparts. But there is hope: with adequate access to quality preventive care and treatment, we can end cervical cancer and it’s harmful impact on our communities. At the National […]

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